New Year’s can mean a lot of different things for people in Gallatin County: a fresh new start, a chance for new adventures or to meet new people, a beginning of a New Year’s resolution…all great reasons to celebrate!
We’ve compiled a list of great safety tips to follow on New Year’s Eve, no matter your plans for bringing in the New Year.
If you are looking for a safe way to get home after drinking to avoid driving and possibly putting yourself or others in harm’s way:
- Take advantage of AAA’s Operation Tipsy Tow program. Anytime between December 14, 2016 and January 1, 2017, if you’ve had too much to drink and need to get home safely, AAA will pick up your car and drive you home- for FREE! Call them at 406-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP. You do NOT have to be a AAA member to take part in this offer.
- Streamline and Skyline buses will be running their normal schedule, check it out here. Find Streamline’s regular night schedule here.
- UBER now serves Bozeman and Belgrade. For more information on how to get setup, click here.
- Call the Greater Valley Taxi company at 406-587-6303 to get a ride home safely.
If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:
- Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” If you are serving alcohol, it is your moral responsibility to make sure your guests get home safely.
- Contact Greater Valley Taxi company to provide rides for your guests.
- Provide the Streamline bus night schedule for your guests, and help them plan a route home.
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
- Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
- Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.
- Monitor your intoxicated guests who are “sleeping it off.” Fatalities can occur if a person chokes on his/her own vomit or develops a low heart rate.
If you are attending New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations:
- If possible, stay off of the roads- even if you are sober. Walk, take public transit, or drive earlier in the evening.
- If you drink, don’t drive.
- Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, use public transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
- Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
- Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.
- Pace yourself when drinking. Alternate alcohol and water/juice/non-caffeinated tea.
- Do not mix alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine will not sober you up faster or keep you alert enough to drive while drunk or buzzed, and can disrupt the rhythm of your heart.
Here are some safety tips to keep your pet safe this New Year’s Eve:
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags with current information. Cats should wear break away / safety collars. Microchipping your pet is always advised.
- Keep your pet indoors in a quiet area that is familiar to him / her with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys. Dogs who are crate trained may feel safest in their kennels. Cats will do best in a bathroom or utility room with food, water and their litter box.
- Frightened outdoor dogs have been known to jump high fences and dig holes to escape the sound of fireworks. Indoor animals should be kept away from large glass windows or doors because when scared they are capable of crashing right through.
- Make sure to keep all alcohol, festive foods / chocolates, floral arrangements and party decorations away from your pets.
- Remember to keep a watchful eye on your pet and put the name and number of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic in a designated area.
These New Year’s Eve safety tips are courtesy of USA.gov, Dr. Oz, and the Houston SPCA.
Happy New Year!